Tuesday, January 12, 2010

If We're Gone Tomorrow

My friend, Alizabeth, wrote a blog today about a friend of hers whom she lost contact with until the friend died. A few hours later, another friend, Jo-Jo, tweeted about the 2012 apocalypse prediction. The theory is that when our planet passes through the Galactic Equator/Plane the magnetic shift will lay everything waste.

I could easily express awe at the Mayan’s ability to predict an event which we could only predict after using the Hubble Telescope. I could debate whether such an event necessarily spells our doom, or whether or not this event correlates with the “7 years of tribulation” predicted in the Bible. These are interesting questions, but they’re not what weighs heaviest on my mind this day.

Assuming we’ll all be dead in two years, just assuming, what are we going to do with the time we have left? It occurs to me, we should spend as much time with the people in our lives as possible. We should cherish and nurture these relationships, and make now THE most precious time of all.

Now, I'm not saying that I wholeheartedly buy the idea that a single cosmic event is going to bring about the end of days. People have been forecasting the end of the world, practically, since the world began. We survived the wilderness of the stone age, the fall of Rome, the crusades, the trek to the new world, two world wars, the cold war, Y2K, 9/11, and we’ll probably survive the upcoming alignment. Even so, life is unpredictable at best. Any one of us can be gone tomorrow due to a freak accident or random blood clot. Thus, living as though we’re on a deadline, celebrating our relationships, and packing as much joy into our lives as possible, seems not only desirable, but responsible, even necessary.

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